Pupil wellbeing

Mental health: Self-harm and suicide

12 March 2015

Probably many more students than you think self-harm or have suicidal thoughts, warns Dr Stephanie Thornton. She offers her advice on recognising the early signs of problems.

Mental health: Getting students talking

12 March 2015

The Make Time in November mental health campaign got 234,000 students talking about mental health. Here, we explain more about the on-going campaign and celebrate those schools that took part.

Tackling homophobia in school

5 March 2015

The 10th annual LGBT History Month has just come to an end. Alex Newton, from charity Stonewall, offers secondary schools some best practice advice for tackling homophobia and celebrating difference.

Mental health and aggression

5 March 2015

Certain mental health conditions can lead to aggressive or violent behaviour in students. In the third of her series on mental health in schools, Dr Stephanie Thornton offers her advice.

Mental health: Spotting the signs...

5 February 2015

Continuing her series on mental health, Dr Stephanie Thornton discusses how teachers and support staff on the frontline can recognise the warning signs of possible mental health issues.

The rising mental health crisis

29 January 2015

In a new series of articles, Dr Stephanie Thornton tackles the mental health crisis, with a focus on practical steps schools can take to support pupils. Here, she discusses the scale of the problems and the reasons behind them.

Making time for our mental health

4 December 2014

Thousands of teenagers took part in last month’s Make Time in November mental health campaign, supported by SecEd. We look at how one school worked with students and how the national campaign is to develop from here.

NQT Special: Making the most of your CPD

27 November 2014

Mentoring, observation, INSET and external courses will form the backbone of your CPD during your NQT year. David Weston advises on how to make the most of these opportunities.

Discussing body confidence with students

6 November 2014

Body confidence begins with education and schools can play a crucial role. Dr Mary Bousted introduces the Be Real campaign, while Natasha Devon offers some tips for teachers.

Mental health: You don’t have to be an expert

16 October 2014

SecEd is supporting the Make Time in November mental health campaign. Here, we give some practical advice on using the campaign’s free resources to tackle mental health across your school.

Make Time this November...

9 October 2014

High numbers of students are missing out on education because of mental illness. SecEd is supporting a new campaign that is urging schools to focus on mental health, tackle prejudice and raise awareness this November.

Promoting staff wellbeing

9 October 2014

The ‘head of staff formation and wellbeing’ is not a job title found in many schools. For Tom Caston, however, this role is a vital part of the school structure.

Supporting vulnerable pupils

2 October 2014

The use of ‘structured conversations’ and associate teachers has transformed outcomes for vulnerable pupils at Lyng Hall School. Nick Bannister explains.

Mentors give students sporting inspiration

25 September 2014

The Sky Sports Living for Sport programme offers free access to athlete mentors to help pupils use sport to improve their lives. We hear some inspiring stories from its recent annual awards.

Youth justice and the role of schools

3 July 2014

What does youth justice have to do with schools? After a major report highlights serious issues within the youth courts system, Dr Hilary Emery looks at the role of schools and education.

Diabetes in schools

19 June 2014

From September, schools are legally obliged to support children with medical conditions. Libby Dowling looks at what this means for children with one of the more common conditions – diabetes.

Teenage risk-taking and the role of teachers

19 June 2014

Continuing her series on the changing teenage brain and how it affects their education, Dr Stephanie Thornton discusses teenage risk-taking and poses some questions for teachers.

Teenage biology: Those raging hormones

5 June 2014

In the first of a four-part series focusing on the biology of the teenage body and how it affects their education, Dr Stephanie Thornton discusses adolescent turbulence and asks: is it all in the hormones?

The benefits of mental wellbeing

1 May 2014

Today’s teenagers are growing up in challenging times and the incoming chief executive of children’s mental health charity Place2Be, Catherine Roche, says that their mental wellbeing is critical to all our futures.

Ten priorities for mentoring success

24 April 2014

There has been a lot of noise about mentoring in recent months, often accompanied by research showing the positive impact it can have on improving academic results, self-esteem, social mobility and life chances.

Lessons from the Toolkit

24 April 2014

The Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit shows that effective strategies for homework, mentoring and feedback can all have a positive impact on student progress. Amy Benziane explains the work her that school’s English department has done in this area.

We need to talk about education

27 March 2014

A new book commissioned by Teach First has sought to lift the lid on the barriers that disadvantaged young people face to education and achievement. Authors Ben Faccini and Greg Villalobos explain what they found and we print some extracts from the teache

When bereavements happen

27 March 2014

Most students experience a bereavement before the age of 16. Would you be able to support them? Phil Parker lists some basic rules to follow.

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